December 01, 2015 07:35 ET

Gotham Gives Back: Impact Hub NYC & Givkwik Host GIV.NYC 2015 Celebration

On Giving Tuesday, Nonprofits Compete for $10,000 at Event Connecting Companies, Causes & Communities

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 1, 2015) - Today is Giving Tuesday, a global holiday in celebration of giving. Giving Tuesday, Live from NYC (GIV.NYC 2015) is a mission-driven event to benefit local nonprofits, happening tonight at Impact Hub NYC, a coworking and events space for social impact. Taking place 7-11 p.m., the event is being organized by Givkwik, a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities.

Ten local nonprofits, voted most popular on the organizer's platform, are eligible to receive a $10,000 grand prize. Participants will watch the top ten pitch, in person or online, and then cast a vote for the winners at People are encouraged to attend the live event as admission fees will be donated to the featured nonprofits. Funded by corporate grants and public donations, along with other grants and in-kind donations, winners will be announced at Impact Hub NYC.

"The event provides an opportunity for Vodafone employees to get involved with non-profits in their local community and help drive social impact through our foundation," says June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation.

"Nonprofits work so hard to serve their missions. We wanted to make it easier for more New Yorkers to discover and support them," says Jason Rosado, CEO of Givkwik, which also produced the first-ever premier, live NYC event for Giving Tuesday in 2014. 

Held in a salon-style format, GIV.NYC 2015 will facilitate discovery and dialogue across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to inspire support and charitable giving, as part of the broader Giving Tuesday celebration.

"At Impact Hub NYC, we believe that our values should speak through everything we do, the way we work, and the products we buy," says Sam Utne, Managing Director of Impact Hub NYC. "Giving money is a powerful tool to focus on what we care about most. We can 'believe' in a lot of things, but when we only have $20 to give, we are forced to refine our values and be more strategic in our philanthropy."

Competing Nonprofits Include:

  • Life Vest Inside affects real and positive change in the world through media, technology, education and social engagement.
  • Citiview Connections Clubhouse works with 140 members in Queens with psychiatric disabilities achieve social, financial, educational and vocational goals.
  • Border Crossers empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities.
  • Digital Citizen Fund helps women and girls in developing countries gain access to technology.
  • FoodFight revolutionizes how people eat and think about food by serving school communities, helping students, teachers and parents be more informed to make healthier choices.
  • New York on Tech (NYOT) prepares the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City providing support to low-opportunity students.
  • Word Up is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, committed to preserving and building the neighborhood through reciprocal education and dialogue.
  • Showered with Hope serves the homeless with the means to improve personal hygiene and achieve self-sufficiency through mobile units.
  • The River Project is a marine science field station founded in 1986 at Pier 26 in Tribeca, on the lower west side of Manhattan, in New York City.
  • TriLatino Triathlon Club provides a comprehensive approach to developing our South Bronx youth, not only training them to do a triathlon but also engaging them in academic improvement and tutoring programs, a healthy lifestyle workshop series, and a mentoring program.

About Givkwik

Givkwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities.

About Impact Hub NYC

Impact Hub NYC is a coworking and events space for a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change.

About MissionHub

MissionHUB, the parent company of Impact Hub NYC, is a global marketplace for social innovation -- convening the exchange of ideas & impact, community & best practices, skills & learning, products & services, and human & financial capital. MissionHUB supports social innovators in building sustainable business that drive long-term social and environmental change.

  • Impact Hub coworking & events space campuses for social innovation, in San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
  • Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) for impact investing, accelerating a new global market at the intersection of money & meaning
  • SOCAP 365, year-round education programming at MissionHUB campuses, convening SOCAP-themed conversations, from "Financial Inclusion" in New York City and "Sustainable Cities" in San Francisco, to "Sustainable Food/Ag" in Berkeley and "Civic Innovation" in Washington, D.C.
  • SOCAPtv, digital platform for TED-like talks from SOCAP, offering world-class, social innovation content globally
  • Impact Bazaar, marketplace, offering social innovators access to premium tools & resources, accelerating ideas & impact

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